In 1993 my senior year in high school, I worked part-time at The Centers for Habilitation/TCH a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and opportunities to people of all ages with physical and developmental disabilities.
While I was employed with TCH, my first position was as a clerk. My job consisted of providing office support to staff. I filed files/documents, typed memos/letters, faxed documents, made copies of client’s personnel files and I was in charge of the copier; had to make sure it was always working properly.
I eventually became TCH's receptionist. At first, I was scared to death to answer the switchboard because I had no experience and had to page people by using the intercom system. At the end, the intercom system helped my confidence. From there on, I loved paging.
I enjoyed working for TCH because I got to meet people of all ages with different types of disabilities. I learned the existence of different types of disabilities. For example, I met a young fellow by the name of Randy. He has CP (Cerebral Palsy). At that time, I did not know what CP was because I had never heard of it until I met Randy. Randy and I remain close friends.
In August of 2001, I left TCH to work elsewhere. After being gone almost 12 years, I miss the place.
Last year in November, I went to TCH to visit Randy. He was kind enough to give me a tour of the place. The place had changed so much, and there were a lot of new faces. I admit it felt awkward being there after being gone for so long. TCH was my home for almost 9 years.
If you would like to find out more about TCH, please don’t hesitate to visit their website at http://www.tch-az.com.